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Top 11 Kid-Friendly Hotels in Adelaide & Things to Do

When it comes to kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide, the city has your little ones in mind with its fun accommodations. The city is also blessed with a range of attractions for families, including museums, amusement parks, sprawling historic parklands and theatres.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve stayed true to our inner child and found the best 11 kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide. There’s something for all types of families, from 5-star hotels in the city centre to sprawling resorts on the beach. Expect family packages, various leisure facilities and diverse on-site dining.

Stamford Grand Hotel Adelaide

Stamford Grand Hotel Adelaide, kid -friendly hotel in Adelaide
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Located on the Glenelg beachfront, the 5-star Stamford Grand Hotel Adelaide offers family getaway packages with free in-room movies and free meals for children 12 years and under. The whole family will love the beach views and South Australian culinary delights at The Promenade Restaurant, which also serves a delectable high tea for kids with Freddo chocolates, fairy bread, cupcakes and jelly.

Fun and relaxation are easy to come by around the heated pool area, which overlooks the beach and has a Jacuzzi, sun beds and poolside dining. The Grand Room can sleep up to four guests and features a work desk, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV. Alternatively, parents can book one of the suites for themselves and enjoy a private balcony, two-person spa bath, separate living room and kitchenette.

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • Bay Discovery Centre (160 metres)
  • The Beachouse amusement centre (300 metres)
  • Glenelg Jetty (450 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 159 – USD 348
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: Moseley Square, 2 Jetty Road, Glenelg, Adelaide, Australia

Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Stamford Plaza Adelaide, kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide
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Located in the heart of Adelaide, Stamford Plaza Adelaide is the perfect home base for visiting the city’s family-friendly attractions. The rooms and suites overlook the city’s historic parklands and Adelaide Oval. The Deluxe and Superior rooms offer a number of bedding configurations to suit families, along with work desks, flat-screen TVs and in-house movies.

If you’re visiting in summer, you’ll likely spend a lot of time around the heated pool, which also has a whirlpool spa, sun beds and poolside dining. The on-site dining is delicious and diverse, from authentic Argentinean cuisine at La Boca Bar & Grill to sumptuous buffet breakfasts at TG’s Restaurant. There are also chocolate-inspired high teas for those with a sweet tooth. 

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • Space Theatre (450 metres)
  • Rundle Mall (450 metres)
  • Adelaide Zoo (1.3 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 141 – USD 1,135
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 150 North Terrace, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

Ibis Adelaide

Ibis Adelaide, kid-friendly hotel in Adelaide
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Ibis Adelaide is positioned around the corner from the city’s main shopping district, Rundle Mall. The hotel is all about convenience for families. It offers babysitting services, online check-in, Adelaide Airport transfers and a 24-hour reception. It’s one of the best kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide for tight budgets, yet still has an on-site restaurant and bar serving international cuisine and a range of drinks.

Mum and Dad can stay in a Standard or Superior room with a queen-size bed, work desk and city views, while the kids can share a room with two single beds. All of the rooms have the added luxury of the signature ibis Sweet Beds and Samsung Smarthub 690 Series technology. 

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (600 metres)
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden (900 metres)
  • Her Majesty’s Theatre (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 107 – USD 254
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

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Cultural Activities in Adelaide for Kids

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Tandanya National Aboriginal Culture Institute
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Want to learn more about Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander culture? At the Tandanya National Aboriginal Culture Institute you can watch classic dance, music and theatre and admire contemporary and traditional artwork. The cultural institute also hosts events throughout the year, including art fairs, weaving workshops, live music nights and NAIDOC festivities. Along with temporary exhibitions, it’s home to the extensive Tandanya Collection, which comprises prints, textiles, sculpture, photography, ceramics, paintings and artefacts.

Splashout Art Gallery

Located near the Brighton beachfront, Splashout Art Gallery is part of the Jetty Road dining and shopping hub. It showcases artwork by local South Australian artists, from contemporary to traditional pieces. You can partake in classes for beginner and experienced artists, join workshops on specific art styles and subjects and attend art history film nights. The gallery also hosts art events throughout the year, such as the Brighton Jetty Artfest. 

South Australian Museum

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The South Australian Museum is a hub of fun and learning for all ages. The natural history museum has an interactive Discovery Centre where you can watch bees making honey and get hands-on with native animals. The permanent collection features such highlights as models of native and exotic animals, South Australian fossils and Indigenous Australian artefacts. The museum also has a kids’ menu in its cafe and a gift shop selling books, toys and handmade crafts.

Oaks Embassy Apartment Hotel

Oaks Embassy Apartment Hotel, kid-friendly hotel in Adelaide
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The serviced apartments at Oaks Embassy Apartment Hotel are perfect for families seeking self-contained accommodation in Adelaide. The two and three-bedroom apartments come with full kitchens and laundry facilities, writing desks, furnished balconies and plush bedding. Opt for a 2 Bedroom Executive Apartment if you want the added luxury of a spa bath.

However, what makes this one of our favourite options for kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide is the indoor pool area. It has a lap pool, gym and Jacuzzi overlooking the River Torrens. There’s also an on-site eatery where you can grab fresh sandwiches, snacks and coffee throughout the day. 

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions 

  • Rundle Mall (800 metres)
  • Adelaide Festival Centre (650 metres)
  • GU Film House Adelaide (400 metres)

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: USD 170 – USD 417
Guest Rating: 7.9
Address: 96 North Terrace, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

Sage Hotel Adelaide

Sage Hotel Adelaide, kid-friendly hotel in Adelaide
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Overlooking Wita Wirra Park, Sage Hotel Adelaide offers easy access to the South Terrace Clover Playground, multiple basketball courts and playing fields and the scenic Veale Gardens. However, in summer, you may find it difficult to pull yourself away from the hotel’s sundrenched pool. Don’t forget to grab a table on the alfresco deck of Zouk Restaurant for delicious South Australian cuisine.

When it comes to rooms, it’s hard to go past the spacious Family Room. The budget-friendly room has a sliding door between the two bedrooms. One has a double bed, while the other has two singles. It also has high-speed Wi-Fi, feather pillows, an espresso machine and private balcony.

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • TreeClimb adventure park (1 kilometre)
  • The Arts Theatre (1 kilometre)
  • Veale Gardens (650 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 77 – USD 191
Guest Rating: 7.9
Address: 208 South Terrace, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide Riviera Hotel

Adelaide Riviera Hotel, kid-friendly hotel in Adelaide
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Adelaide Riviera Hotel is one of the most affordable kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide. It’s also located in the city’s lively West End neighbourhood, minutes’ walk from numerous attractions, shops and restaurants. Families can enjoy ample space in the Family Room, which has a queen-size bed and two single beds, along with complimentary Wi-Fi, a mini bar and tea and coffee facilities.

Children aged 12 and under can enjoy the delicious buffet breakfast for free. Parents can also take advantage of the babysitting and same-day laundry services. You’ll find a number of cafes and restaurants just around the corner along Hindley Street, including the Peter Rabbit cafe and the Marcellina Adelaide pizzeria. 

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions 

  • Mercury Cinema (350 metres)
  • Rundle Mall (1.2 kilometres)
  • Adelaide Gaol (1.2 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 98 – USD 152
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 31 – 34 North Terrace, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

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Outdoor Activities in Adelaide for Kids

Glenelg Foreshore Playspace & Coastal Reserve

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Looking for free things to do in Adelaide for families? Located on the Glenelg beachfront, the Glenelg Foreshore Playspace & Coastal Reserve is an enormous playground featuring a sandpit, aquatic play area, climbing walls, slides and trampolines. Kids can also test their balance on the timber logs and swing on the giant hammock. The playground has grassed areas and natural shade for picnics, toilets and paved pathways for bicycles and scooters. 

Tusmore Park Playground & Pool

Kids playing underwater
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Tusmore Park is about 10 minutes’ drive outside the Adelaide CBD. It’s a popular spot for families with young children (aged between three and six years old), thanks to its shaded wading pool that’s only 30 centimetres deep. There’s also a playground designed for toddlers with a climbing frame, swings and a small slide. Add to this a barbecue, picnic areas and toilets and you can really make an afternoon out of it.

Semaphore Beach

Seagulls on the beach
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Semaphore Beach and the Semaphore Foreshore provide a fun coastal escape for families about 25 minutes from Adelaide. The sandy beach and calm water are perfect for families to swim and sunbathe, while the sprawling foreshore offers a range of entertaining activities. Kids can ride on the historic Semaphore Carousel and play mini golf and ride down water slides at the Semaphore Waterslide Complex. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants metres away along Semaphore Road.

Chifley on South Terrace

Chifley On South Terrace, kid-friendly hotel in Adelaide
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You can choose from a wide range of budget-friendly rooms at Chifley on South Terrace, from the four-person Standard Twin with two double beds to the interconnecting Family Room. The latter can sleep up to six people. All the rooms include sitting areas, flat-screen TVs. Some of them even have a shared balcony.

This hotel has one ingredient we love to see in kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide: an outdoor pool. It’s a whopping 30 metres long and surrounded by sun loungers. The hotel’s located on Wita Wirra Park, so it’s very easy strolling across the road to explore the walking trails, run around on the playgrounds and visit the TreeClimb adventure park.

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • Adelaide Himeji Garden (350 metres)
  • South Terrace Clover Playground (75 metres)
  • Kurangga Park BMX Track (500 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 68 – USD 186
Guest Rating: 7.3
Address: 226 South Terrace, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

InterContinental Adelaide

InterContinental Adelaide, kid-friendly hotel in Adelaide
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This is one of the best kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide for families with older kids seeking a little more luxury. InterContinental Adelaide certainly sets a high standard with its exotic on-site dining and stylish rooms and suites. Even the Standard Room has a marble bathroom, separate bath, city views and lounge seating. The Suites are potentially more suited to families with spacious dining and lounge rooms.

When it comes to dining, be prepared to have your taste buds shocked. Shiki serves award-winning Japanese cuisine, while the signature High Tea and High Coffee is a gastronomic haven of hot pastries, fresh scones and gourmet sandwiches. We also love Riverside Restaurant for discovering local cuisine.

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • Dunstan Playhouse (350 metres)
  • Popeye Motor Launches (450 metres)
  • Adelaide Oval (550 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 150 – USD 456
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

Hilton Adelaide

Hilton Adelaide, kid-friendly hotel in Adelaide
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Located next to the historic Adelaide Central Market, the 5-star Hilton Adelaide is surrounded by some of the city’s best dining areas. The hotel caters to families with cribs and high chairs, a children’s menu in its restaurant, an outdoor pool and tennis court. The restaurant in question is Coal Cellar + Grill, known for its South Australian fare.

Families can stay in the 2 Double Beds Deluxe Room, which has city views, lounge seating and Hilton Serenity beds. There’s also a mini bar and on-demand movies for those rainy days inside. 

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions 

  • Victoria Square Tarntanyangga (110 metres)
  • Her Majesty’s Theatre (230 metres)
  • Chinatown Adelaide (450 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 120 – USD 552
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide CBD, Adelaide, Australia

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Adventure Activities in Adelaide for Kids

Adelaide Oval Roof Climb

Adelaide Oval Roof Climb
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Adelaide Oval offers a fun and unique way to admire the city with its adventurous roof climbs. You can opt for a guided tour across the stadium’s roof during the day, at twilight and at night. The highest points of the roofline offer panoramic views of Adelaide’s city skyline, including some of its most iconic landmarks. Children must be eight years or older and at least 120 centimetres tall. The climb includes a group photo and souvenir cap. 

Kartmania

children's go karting
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Kartmania is about 20 minutes’ drive north of Adelaide, Kartmania is South Australia’s largest indoor/outdoor karting complex. The 600-metre-long track includes 14 corners and lets you reach speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour. The complex also has a two-storey laser tag facility where anyone seven years or older can battle friends and family through a maze-like battlefield.

Mega Adventure Australia

Mega Adventure
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Mega Adventure Australia is a multi-level aerial obstacle course with more than 70 obstacles for you to traverse. These include a BMX bike, picnic table, a floating esky, logs and flying foxes. Those seeking a true adrenalin rush can ride the GiantSwing, which reaches speeds of up to 70 kilometres an hour. All ages can enjoy the coastal views from the SkyWalk, while smaller kids (under 120 centimetres tall) can enjoy the low-ropes course, which has a zip-line at the end.

West Beach Parks Resort

West Beach Parks Resort
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West Beach Parks Resort is one of the most popular kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide. It’s positioned right on West Beach, minutes from Adelaide Airport and Harbour Town Adelaide. One reason it’s so popular is its wealth of on-site facilities for kids. We’re talking go-karts, playgrounds, a jumping pillow and a tennis court. Not to mention the AquaCove water park with two water slides and poolside cabanas.

The accommodation at West Beach Parks Resort can sleep between four and six guests. They’re also completely self-contained with kitchens, spacious living and dining areas and modern bathrooms. The Deluxe Bungalow is always a safe bet with its creature comforts, including a coffee machine, private barbecue and deck and beach views. 

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • Mega Adventure – Australia amusement park (450 metres)
  • Harbour Town Adelaide (2.6 kilometres)
  • West Beach Mini Golf (450 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 121 – USD 209
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: Military Road, West Beach, Adelaide, Australia

Oaks Plaza Pier

Overlooking Glenelg Beach, Oaks Plaza Pier is a prime coastal getaway for families. The self-contained apartments offer comfortable homes away from home with multiple bedrooms. They come with spacious open-plan living and dining rooms, full kitchens, private balconies and laundry facilities. Some of them even overlook the ocean.

What more could you want with the ocean right outside? Well, you also have access to an indoor pool and Jacuzzi and a well-equipped gym. Wander a few metres outside to discover an excellent range of restaurants and cafes around Holdfast Shores Marina, including Oyster Bar Holdfast Shores and Tomiko Japanese Steak House. 

Nearby Family-Friendly Adelaide Attractions

  • The Beachouse amusement park (300 metres)
  • Bay Discovery Centre (300 metres)
  • Wigley Reserve (500 metres)

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: USD 174 – USD 448
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 16 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg, Adelaide, Australia

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Kid-Friendly Hotels in Adelaide: What More Could You Need?

Father and son having fun
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We hope one of these kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide has stood out for your next family holiday. They’ve certainly impressed numerous HotelsCombined visitors with their spacious rooms, on-site leisure facilities and prime locations near attractions, parks and beaches.

Which one of these kid-friendly hotels in Adelaide is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

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